On 9 and 10 October 2013, CEP (Confederation for European Probation) held in London its first World Congress on Probation. The Congress brought together practitioners and those with an interest in probation and community justice from many countries to share their knowledge and experience. It was run in partnership with the UK National Offender Management Service, the Probation Chiefs Association, the London Probation Trust, and the West Yorkshire Probation Trust.
The Congress gave participants the opportunity to examine and discuss new and changing probation practices which aim to support offenders in moving away from a life of crime.
Apart from plenary sessions with thought provoking key note speakers, the conference also included short films, a market place (where Efus was represented), and breakout workshops in which many interesting practices from around the world where showcased. A detailed report for these two very full and rich days may be found here.
Efus chaired a panel session with two speakers: Martine Herzog Evans and Adam Dalrymple on “Courts and the Judiciary”.
– Ms Herzog Evans talked in her presentation on how Problem Solving Courts (focus on the Juge de l’application des peines in France) can play a role in probation. See her presentation here.
– Mr Dalrymple focused on describing his insitution, the Downtown Vancouver Community Court, and how it improved the delivery of criminal justice by bringing the community and government agencies closer and became a model of efficiency and sustainability. You can see his presentation here.
The next World Congress on Probation is planned in 2015 in the USA.